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The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003)
"Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel" (original title)

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When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind.

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Credited cast:
Janchiv Ayurzana ...
Janchiv
Chimed Ohin ...
Chimed
Amgaabazar Gonson ...
Amgaa
Zeveljamz Nyam ...
Zevel
Ikhbayar Amgaabazar ...
Ikchee
Odgerel Ayusch ...
Odgoo
Enkhbulgan Ikhbayar ...
Dude
Uuganbaatar Ikhbayar ...
Ugna
Guntbaatar Ikhbayar ...
Guntee
Munkhbayar Lhagvaa ...
Munkbayar, violin teacher
Ariunjargal Adiya ...
Teacher's Assistant
Dogo Roljav ...
Relative Aimak I
Chuluunzezeg Gur ...
Relative Aimak II
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Botok ...
Baby Camel
Ingen Tenne ...
Mother Camel
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Springtime in the Gobi Desert, South Mongolia. A family of nomadic shepherds assists the births of their camel herd. One of the camels has an excruciatingly difficult delivery but, with help from the family, out comes a rare white colt. Despite the efforts of the shepherds, the mother rejects the newborn, refusing it her milk and her motherly love. When any hope for the little one seems to have vanished, the nomads send their two young boys on a journey through the desert, to a a backwater town in search of a musician who is their only hope for saving the colt's life. Written by TNS

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camel | shepherd | desert | musician | ritual | See more »

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Ein wahres Filmmärchen (A true fairy tale on film) See more »


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Rated PG for some mild thematic content | See all certifications »

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8 January 2004 (Germany)  »

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A História do Camelo Que Chora  »

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£52,834 (UK) (9 July 2004)

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$1,742,832 (USA) (1 October 2004)
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Janchiv: Now my children I'll tell you the story of the weeping camel. Many years ago, God gave antlers to the camel as a reward for the goodness of its heart. But one day a rogue deer came and asked the camel to lend him his antlers. He wanted to adorn himself with them for a celebration in the west. The camel trusted the deer and gave him his antlers, but the deer never brought them back. Since then the camels keep gazing at the horizon and still await the deer's return.
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What a surprise!
9 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

If anyone had ever told me that a movie about nomadic shepherds in Mongolia and a couple of camels could hold my interest and feelings the way this movie did I would have suggested they see a shrink.

It can only be described as a wonderful story that makes the most complex of Hollywood screen-plays look silly.

Great for all generations.


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